A history of the colleges, halls, and public buildings attached to the University of Oxford

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Page 297 - He was a scholar, and a ripe, and good one; Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading : Lofty, and sour, to them that lov'd him not; But, to those men that sought him, sweet as summer.
Page 299 - Oxford ! one of which fell with him, Unwilling to outlive the good that did it; The other, though unfinish'd, yet so famous, So excellent in art, and still so rising, That Christendom shall ever speak his virtue. His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him ; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little: And, to add greater honours to his age Than man could give him, he died, fearing God.
Page 427 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings. Far from me and from my friends be such frigid philosophy, as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the...
Page 427 - To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Page 269 - What, my lord ! shall we build houses and provide livelihoods for a company of buzzing monks, whose end and fall we ourselves may live to see ? No, no ! it is more meet a great deal, that we should have care to provide for the increase of learning, and for such as by their learning shall do good in the church and commonwealth.
Page 381 - I gave notice to the king and the queen, and attended them into the hall whither I had the happiness to bring them by a way prepared from the president's lodging to the hall without any the least disturbance ; and had the hall kept as fresh and cool, that there was not any one person when the king and queen came into it. The princes, nobles, and ladies entered the same way with the king, and then presently another door was opened below to fill the hall with the better sort of company, which being...
Page 370 - St. John's college. At what time he first projected the foundation of a college is not known. His original intention was to have founded it at Reading, but he relinquished that in favour of Oxford, and on May 1, 1555, obtained a licence from Philip and Mary, empowering him, to the praise and honour of God, the Virgin Mary, and St. John Baptist...
Page 266 - ... them to the size of the great eastern window ; " the two gorgeous canopies which crown the extreme " turrets, and the profusion of elegant carved work " that covers the whole east front, tapering up to a " point, where we view the breathing statue of the " pious Founder resting upon his chosen emblem, the " pelican. In a word, neglected and mutilated as this " work has been, during the course of nearly three " centuries, it still warrants us to assert, that, if the " whole cathedral had been...
Page 261 - Fox's' melancholy narrative on a rock which cannot be shaken." 1 FOX (RICHARD), an eminent prelate, and the munificent founder of Corpus Christ! college, Oxford, was the son of Thomas Fox, and born* at Ropesley, near Grantham, in Lincolnshire, about the latter end of the reign of Henry VI. His parents are said to have been in mean circumstances, but they must at least have been able to afford him school education, since the only dispute on this subject between his biographers, is, whether he was...
Page 459 - Only a single specimen of these valuable volumes was suffered to remain : it is a beautiful manuscript, in folio, of Valerius Maximus, enriched with the most elegant decorations, and written in Duke Humphrey's age, evidently with a design of being placed in this sumptuous collection.

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